Wounded Warriors Project

Finally finished with the Marine Corps quilt!  This quilt has been made in honor of the Wounded Warriors Project – to find out more about the Wounded Warriors Project, you can go to their website here.  Actually, my quilt guild is making quilts to represent 5 branches of the armed forces.  These quilts will be donated to the church where we have our meetings, Olathe Bible Church in Olathe, Kansas.  They are hosting an event called Wheels ‘n’ Squeels BBQ Challenge – Warrior Edition on Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd, 2013.  Kansas City is known for its barbecue and barbecue challenges.  This event has BBQ teams competing for prizes, and they will also have a car show.  The Warrior Edition part of the event is to honor servicemen and servicewomen in several ways.  One of the ways will be giveaways.  Now, I am not sure if the quilts are going to be given away to service members of each of the represented branches of service, or if they will be auctioned off.  All I know is that proceeds from this event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.  You can find out more about this event at the church’s website here.

Since my husband is a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine… retired or not), I was asked to make the Marine Corps quilt.  You know the rest of the story from my “Month in Review” post.  Personally, I think it turned out well and am really loving it.  I wasn’t sure how the 50 stars would work out, but I think they “make” the quilt what it is, a nice quilt.  So, I have Susan to thank for her idea and all the hard work she and her helpers; Jackie, Diane, Sue, Karen, and Joyce put into the stars.  Here is the finished product.

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And, here is a close up of the quilting.

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You can see I did squiggly lines in the star blocks and a semi-flag into the background of the emblem center.  I used navy blue thread for the quilting on all of the quilt except the red center, where I used red thread.  I just wanted a hint of the quilting to show.

For the binding, I did it by machine with faux piping.  The reason I did this was because I wanted it to look like the red piping on a Marine’s dress blue uniform.

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And, finally, the back…  This picture doesn’t show the pocket that is attached to the lower right-hand corner.  Susan made a little flag for the pocket, which is where I put a diagram of the stars and the states they represent.

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That Marine Corps fabric is made by Robert Kaufman.  I got it at Hobby Lobby, of all places, and I used a 40% off coupon when I bought it.  Cool, huh?

I hope whoever gets this quilt is thrilled to get it, and I hope that the church and my fellow guild members are happy with the quilt and the effort that was put into the making of this quilt.

Month in Review

Whew!  It’s been a busy month… well, make that a couple of months.  My daughter came in from Denver right before Mother’s Day and brought snow with her.  We had planned on planting flowers, but we had to wait until the day before she left, when the snow was melting.  These are not the flowers we planted, but this is a reminder that we are now officially out of the winter season.  I planted these peonies 3 years ago, and this is the first year they’ve bloomed.  🙂

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While I was at the Machine Quilting Showcase in Wichita, I took a class with Kim Stotsenberg.  She does wonderful swirly-type quilting.  You can find out more about Kim on her blog, Sew-n-Sew Quilting.

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I’ve also been working on a quilt for a friend.  Trisch is an artist, as far as I am concerned.  She has a flair for color and design.  I’m truly surprised she is not a designer of some sort, but I imagine she doesn’t have the time for it right now.  Anyhow, Trisch allowed me to quilt this modern quilt of hers, and then she went and blogged about it.  You can find her at Hadley Street Quilts or you can find the blog about this quilt here.









Those of you who know me personally already know that I am working on yet another quilt for my quilt guild.  I must be crazy, huh?  This one is to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.  Our guild is making quilts to represent 5 of our branches of service.  I am working with Susan on the one for the Marine Corps.  Susan wanted to paper piece 50 stars to put on the quilt to represent the 50 states.  When she first brought this up, I thought she must be crazy… but I don’t do paper-piecing, so there you go.  If you don’t know what paper piecing is or how to do it, check it out here.  Oh, yeah, it looks really cool… until you start trying to add the fabric and it’s too short.  Then you have to pick the paper off after you are done.  It gets to be a real pain in the @$$, if you ask me, which is why I don’t make it a practice to paper-piece.  Yes, I’ll do it when it’s called for in something major, but those times are few and far between.  Well, I told Susan that I don’t do paper-piecing, but she was not swayed.  I then asked if I could get her some help, and she only wanted a couple of helpers.  In my mind, I wondered how on earth she was going to get all those stars done on her own.

Anyhow, we forged forward with our design plans, trying to figure out how we could get 50 stars on the front of the quilt.  The quilt needed to show that it was representative of the Marine Corps, so I had already planned on putting a Marine Corps emblem in the middle as a focal point.  As it turned out, we only had room for 40 of the star blocks, so I put 10 on the back.  Here is what we have so far.

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And, the back looks like this but with 10 stars…

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Oh, and one more thing…  I went to my regular eye doctor to see if I could finally get a prescription for glasses.  They would not give me a prescription until I had the secondary cataracts removed by laser (Yag Laser Surgery).  This was my good eye, so I was really nervous about having it messed with.  This would also be the 8th eye surgery I’d had; 2 on my right eye and 6 on my left eye in the past 2+ years.  The good news is that I can now see to thread a needle.  To someone else, that is no big deal, but to me it is HUGE!  I am so happy!  I can only hope that nothing else happens to either of my eyes for awhile now.  I will be getting glasses in the next week or so – I’m hoping I can see to do a better job on my customer quilts!